Former Indian cricketer and a veteran analyst of the game, Aakash Chopra has opened up on as to who he feels will open the innings for Team India against Australia in the upcoming Test series.
Notably, Rohit Sharma, the regular Indian opener, is unavailable in the Indian side due to his injury concerns for the first two Test matches and this makes way for a lot of contenders to open the innings for team India in the longest format of the game.
Aakash Chopra Highlights India’s Problems In The First Test Match
Aakash Chopra responded that the Indian team will face multiple challenges during the pink-ball Test when asked about the same.
“There will be a lot of challenges. Firstly, this is only India’s second pink-ball Test match. They have played just the one against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens,” Chopra stated.
“There is an issue with sighting the ball in the twilight period. The brain does not process the information as fast when it comes to the pink ball and you are done even if there is a small doubt as the ball is coming at the speed of 140 kph,” Chopra further stated.
Aakash Chopra Embarks Upon India’s Opening Pair For The Test Series Against Australia
Aakash Chopra observed that Australia would also have few difficulties but have greater familiarity playing in those conditions.
“So the twilight time is going to be tough for the Indian team. It is for Australia as well but they have played a lot of pink-ball matches already which we have not done,” Aakash Chopra said.
“Opening is going to be a concern. Because there is still a question mark on who will open with Mayank Agarwal. Neither Shubman made runs nor Prithvi. I don’t think India is going to pick KL Rahul as an opener ahead of Prithvi Shaw because the latter had scored runs as well in the last Test match he played in New Zealand,” Chopra further claimed.
The India team’s Test campaign against Australia will begin from December 17 as the first Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval. The first Test will be a Day-Night Pink-Ball Test match, which will be the first Day-Night Test match between India and Australia.